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>PON  the  opposite  page,  appears  a  fac-simile  of  the  coat  of  arms 

or  ensign  armorial  of  the  ancient  Booth  Family,  borne  by  the 

S*    fainiry  for  upwards  of  seven  hundred  years.    The  Lion,  denot- 

ing royalty,  and  the  Wild  Boars'  Heads,  denoting  bravery, 
are  the  oldest  crests  known  in  England.  They  show  the 
antiquity  of  the  family  adopting  them,  also  its  dignity,  rank  and  near 
relationship  to  the  reigning  sovereign,  as  well  as  the  family's  reputa- 
tion for  undaunted  courage.  The  shield  is  a  modification  of  the  Nor- 
man shield,  denoting  the  intermingling  of  the  noble  Norman  blood 
with  the  native  Briton  by  intermarriage  of  the  races.  The  entire  device 
as  shown,  is  copied  from  that  preserved  in  the  Booth  Family  by  Lady 
Mary,  Countess  Dowager  of  Stamford,  only  daughter  of  Sir  George 
Booth,  third  Lord  Delamere  and  second  Earl  of  Warrington,  in  whose 
possession  the  principal  documents  relating  to  the  early  histor\r  of  the 
Booth  Family  were,  in  1771.  The  family  motto,  "Quod  Ero  Spero," 
literally  translated  means,  "What  I  shall  be  I  hope;  "  liberally  rendered 
it  signifies,  "What  I  hope  to  accomplish  I  shall  accomplish,"  or,  in 
other  words,  "Hope,  perseverance,  success."  This  motto  typifies 
the  character  that  marks  the  race,  illustrious  examples  of  which  have 
developed  all  along  the  line  to  the  present  day. 


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HE  following  Genealogy  of  the  ancient  Booth 
Family  in  England  is  compiled  from  "Kimber  and 
Johnson's  Baronage, "  vol.  i,  and  "Nicolas'  Peer- 
age," vol.  i,  and  from  the  Genealogical  Chart 
preserved  in  the  family  of  the  Countess  Dowager 
of  Stamford,  who  was  the  only  daughter  of  Sir 
George  Booth,  third  Lord  Delamere  and  second  Earl  of 
Warrington,  who  died  in  1  758.  This  family  name,  which 
can  be  traced  back  nearly  seven  hundred  years,  to  Adam 
de  Boothes,  first  appears  in  the  county  palatine  of  Lan- 
caster. All  the  other  families  of  this  name  in  various 
parts  of  England  are  believed  to  be  derived  from  this 
parent  stock,  through  its  younger  branches.  The  spell- 
ing of  the  family  name  has  been  various;  among  the  forms 
given  are  De  Boothes,  Bouthe,  Boothe  and  Booth. 

1.  Adam"1  de  Boothes,  the  paternal  ancestor  of  the  distinguished 
Booth  Family,  was,  as  his  name  indicates,  descendant  of  a 
Norman  familv  of  rank  who  came  over  to  England  with  Wil- 
liam  the  Conqueror  about  the  year  1066  and  settled  in  the 
county  palatine  of  Lancaster,  where  his  son  William  was  living 
in  1275.  He  is  supposed  to  have  been  born  about  the  year 
1200  or  before. 





William2  de  Boothes  (Adam1),  son  of  Adam  de  Boothes,  married 
Sibill  (or  Sybil)  daughter  of  Gilbert  (or  Ralph),  younger  brother 
to  William  de  Brereton,  with  whom  he  had  the  Lands  of  Withen- 
shaw.  The  Breretons  were  an  ancient  family  dwelling  at  Brere- 
ton of  the  county  palatine  of  Chester  (a).  A  "county  palatine" 
was  a  county  where  the  proprietor,  called  the  "count-palatine," 
was  a  sort  of  prince  possessing  ro}ral  rights  and  jurisdiction,  or 
the  same  powers  in  the  administration  of  justice  in  his  county  as 
the  king  had  in  his  palace.  ,  The  original  counties  palatine  of 
England  were  Lancaster,  Chester  and  Durham. 

Thomas3  de  Boothes  (William,2  Adam1),  sou  and  heir  of  William, 
had  issue,  viz:  John  (or  as  a  deed  says,  Robert),  who  was  living 
in  time  of  Edward  II.  (from  1307  to  1327.) 

John4  de  Boothes  (Thomas,3  William,2  Adam1),  (or  Robert)  son 
of  Thomas,  married  in  the  Barton  family  of  Lancashire,  but  it 
is  not  certain  whether  his  wife  was  Agnes,  daughter  and  heir  of 
Sir  William  de  Barton,  or  her  daughter  and  heir,  Loretta.  He 
had  a  son  and  heir,  Thomas. 

Thomas5  de  Boothes  (John*  Thomas,3  William,2  Adam1),  styled 
Thomalyn  de  Boothes  de  Barton,  was  living  in  time  of  Edward 
III.  (1327  to  1377).  His  seal  (as  appears  by  an  ancient  docu- 
ment in  possession  of  Lord  Delamere  in  1680)  was  in  1372  "a 
chevron  engrailled  in  a  canton,  a  mullet,  and  for  crest  a  fox  and 
a  St.  Catherine  wheel,"  with  the  motto  "  Sigillum  Thomas."  He 
married  Ellen,  daughter  of  Robert  (or  Thomas)  de  Worsley,  near 
Boothes  in  Lancashire.  By  her  he  had  three  sons  and  four 
daughters : 

John, 6  his  son  and  heir  (see  his  history  hereafter). 

Henry,  who  had  issue. 

Thomas,  who  had  a  son  Robert. 










vii.  Anne. 

(a).  Cheshire  is  a  maritime  county  of  England  on  the  coast  of  the  Irish  sea, 
and  has  an  area  of  1105  square  miles  and  a  population  of  about  700,000.  In 
828  A.  D..  Egbert  annexed  Cheshire  to  his  kingdom.  William  the  Conqueror 
erected  it  into  a  county  palatine.  Chester,  the  capital  of  the  county  palatine  of 
Cheshire,  is  on  the  right  bank  of  the  Dee,  twenty-two  miles  from  the  sea  and 
sixteen  miles  southeast  of  Liverpool.  It  stands  on  a  rocky  eminence,  is  mostly 
inclosed  by  ancient  and  massive  walls,  and  is  one  of  the  most  picturesque  cities 
of  England.  The  two  main  streets  were  cut  out  of  the  rock  by  the  Romans  five 
feet  or  more  below  the  level  of  the  houses.  These  streets  are  lined  with  shops, 
over  which  are  piazzas  or  "rows"  for  foot  passengers.     It  has  an  old  and  mas- 

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6.  John6  Boothe  (Thomas,5  John,4'  Thomas,5  William,2  Adam1),  son 
and  heir  of  Sir  Thomas  de  Boothes,  was  living  in  time  of  Richard 
II.  and  Henry  IV.  (1377  to  1413).  He  is  styled  Sir  John  of  Bar- 
ton, and  bore  as  his  paternal  arms  the  ancient  Booth  device,  viz : 
"three  boars'  heads/'  to  which  for  his  Barton  estate  he  added 
another,  viz:  "  argent  a  fesse  gules,  by  the  name  of  Barton."  He 
married  twice,  viz :  First,  Joane,  daughter  of  Sir  Henry  Trafford 
of  Trafford,  in  Lancashire,  Knight.  The  Traffords  were  of  very 
ancient  name  and  dwelt  in  Lancashire  before  the  time  of  "William 
the  Conqueror.  After  her  death  he  married  Maude,  daughter  of 
Sir  Clifton  Savage  of  Clifton,  in  Cheshire,  Knight.  The  children 
of  Sir  John  Boothe  and  Joane,  his  wife,  were : 

i.  Thomas,  heir  to  Sir  John,  who  was  knighted  in  the  fourteenth  3-ear  of 
Henry  VI.  (1436).  He  married  Sabell,  a  widow,  daughter  of  Sir 
William  (or  George)  Carrington  of  Carrington,  Knight.  By  her  he 
had  four  sons  and  three  daughters,  but  the  male  line  failed  in  the 
sixth  generation,  and  his  brother  Robert?  became  the  head  branch 
and  has  so  continued. 

ii.  Robert, 7  heir  to  Sir  John  after  the  failure  of  the  male  line  of  Thomas 
(see  his  history  hereafter). 

iii.  William,  who  became  Bishop  of  Coventry  and  Litchfield  in  1447,  and 
Archbishop  of  York  in  1452.     Died  in  1464. 

iv.  Richard,  of  Streabland  in  County  Suffolk.  He  married  Catharine, 
daughter  and  heir  of  Philip  Oke  of  Streabland,  and  had  issue,  and 
his  grandson,  Philip  was  knighted,  but  the  male  line  became  extinct 
in  the  third  generation. 

v.     Alice,  who  married  Robert  Clifton. 

vi.    Margery,  who  married  Joseph  Byron. 

vii.  Rogerus,  whose  grandson  Carolus  became  Bishop  of  Hereford  in  1516 
and  died  in  1535.  The  male  line  of  Rogerus  extended  down  through 
Roberte,  Rogerus,  Richardus,  Robertus  and  Robertus,  successively, 
and  became  extinct  in  Rogerus,  only  son  to  Robertus,  in  the  sixth 
generation,  about  1600. 

viii.  Joane,  who  married  Thomas  Southworth. 

ix.   George,  who  had  issue,  which  became  extinct  in  the  third  generation. 

x.     Catherine,  who  married  Thomas  Radclifie,  of  Wimmersley. 

xi.  Joana,  who  married  Thomas  Shirborne,  of  Anghto. 

After  the  death  of  Lady  Joane,  Sir  John  married  Maude,  daughter 
of  Sir  Clifton  Savage,  of  Clifton,  in  Cheshire,  Knight.  The  issue  of  Sir 
John  Boothe  and  Maude  Savage,  his  second  wife,  were : 

sive  sandstone  cathedral  375  feet  long,  with  a  tower  127  feet  high.  Among  its 
other  edifices  are  a  castle,  and  St.  John's  Church,  supposed  to  have  been  founded 
in  698  A.  D.,  and  now  partly  in  ruins.  Here  is  a  stone  bridge  across  the  Dee, 
with  a  single  arch  200  feet  in  a  span.  Chester  occupies  the  site  of  an  important 
Roman  station  called  Deva  (or  Deyana)  Castra.  Poptilation  about  50,000. 
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i.  Lawrence,  who  was  made  Bishop  ot  Durham,  1457,  and  Archbishop 
of  York,  1476.  He  was  also  Keeper  of  the  Privy  Seal,  1457,  under 
Henry  VI.,  and  1474  under  Edward  IV.  was  made  Lord  High  Chan- 
cellor of  England.     He  died  in  1480. 

ii.  Thomas,  who  married  Anne,  daughter  of  Sir  John  Ashton,  and  had 
issue,  but  it  failed  in  the  next  generation. 

iii.     John,  who  was  killed  at  Flodden  Field,  1533. 

iv.     Henry,  who  died  unmarried. 

v.      Nicholas,  who  died  tmmarried. 

vi.     Margaret. 

vii.    Anne. 

viii.  Dorothy. 

Robert7  Boothe  {John,6  Thomas,5  John,*  Thomas,3  William,2 
Adam1),  second  son  and  heir  of  Sir  John  Boothe,  was  the  first  of 
the  Boothes  who  settled  in  Dunham  Masse}-  in  Cheshire.  He 
died  September,  1450,  and  is  buried  in  the  parish  church  of  Wil- 
merton  in  Cheshire.  He  married  Dulcis  (or  Dulcia),  daughter  and 
co-heir  of  Sir  William  Venables  of  Bollen,  Knight.  She  died  Sep- 
tember, 1453.  Sir  Robert  and  William  his  son,  had  a  grant  of 
the  Sheriffalty  of  Cheshire,  for  both  their  lives  and  the  survivor 
of  them.  Sir  Robert  and  his  wife  Dulcis  had  a  numerous  family: 
the  books  say  nine  sons  and  five  daughters,  but  the  ancestral 
chart  of  Lady  Stamford  makes  mention  of  only  six  sons  and 
three  daughters.  The  names  of  the  fourteen  children  are  given 
as  follows: 

Ellen,  who  married  Robert  Leigh  of  Adlington. 
i.      Matilda  (or  Margaret),  who  married  Sir  Joseph  Moberly,  Knight, 
ii.     William, §  heir  to  Sir  John  (see  his  history  hereafter), 
v.     Ralphe,  the  second  son,  married  Margaret,  daughter  and  sole  heir 
of  Thomas  Sibell  of  Kent,  and  had  two  daughters  but  no  male  issue, 
v.      Hamo    (or  Hammond),    a  clergyman,  upon  whom  was  conferred  the 

title  L.  L.  D. 

vi.  Robert,  who  was  Dean  of  York,  and  died  in  1487,  and  by  the  author- 
ity of  Lady  Stamford's  genealogy,  was  married,  but  his  issue  became 
extinct  in  the  third  generation. 

vii.  William  (or  Edmund),  whose  son  Philip,  was  knighted,  17  Henry 
VII.,  and  married  Margery,  daughter  of  Sir  William  Hopton 
of  Swillington,  Knight,  whose  younger  daughter  married  William 
Litton,  whose  son  was  Rowland  Litton,  and  grandson  Rowland 
Litton.     The  male  line  became  extinct  in  the  third  generation. 

viii.  John,  who  became  Bishop  of  Exeter  in  1465  and  died  in  1478. 

ix.     Lucy,  who  married  John  Chantrell. 

x.  The  names  of  the  other  children  as  given  in  the  books  of  heraldry 
are:  Geoffrey,  Peter,  Philip,  Joan,  and  Alice.  Neither  of  these  last 
five  are  mentioned  in  Lady  Stamford's  genealogy,  and  probably  they 
all  died  in  infancy. 




8.  Sir  William8  Boothe  (Robert  ,7  John, &  Thomas  *  John  ±  Thomas* 
William,2  Adam,1),  of  Dunham  Massey,  Knight,  eldest  son  and 
heir  of  Sir  Robert  Booth,  married  Matilda  (or  Maude),  daughter 
of  Joseph  Dutton,  Esq.,  of  Dutton,  in  Cheshire.  She  survived 
him  and  married  again.  By  her  he  had  several  children ;  the 
books  say  five  sons  and  nine  daughters,  but  the  genealogy  of 
Lady  Stamford  makes  mention  of  but  one  son  and  three  daugh- 
ters. Sir  William  Booth  received  of  King  Henry  VI.  an  annuity 
for  services  to  the  crown.  The  names  of  the  fourteen  children 
are  given  as  follows : 

i.     Matilda  (or  Margery),  who  married  Joseph  Leigh  de  Boothes. 

ii.    Dulcia,  who  married  Thomas  Leigh,  of  Westhall. 

iii.  George, »  of  Bolin  and  Dunham,  (see  his  histor3'). 

iv.  Anne,  who  married  Asherly  of  Asherly. 

v.  The  other  ten  children  are  named  in  the  books  of  heraldry  as  follows: 
Richard,  Laurence,  John,  William,  Ellen,  Alice.  Elizabeth,  Joan, 
Isabella,  and  Catherine.  Neither  of  these  are  mentioned  in  Lady 
Stamford's  genealogy,  and  probably  all  died  in  infancy. 

9.  vSir  George9  Booth  (William,8  Robert,7  J obn?  Thomas,5  John ,± 
Thomas,5  William,2  Adam1),  son  and  heir  of  Sir  WTilliam,8  mar- 
ried Catherine,  daughter  and  heir  of  Robert  Mountfort,  of 
County  Stafford.  The  Mountforts  were  of  noble  connection, 
being  related  to  David,  King  of  Scotland,  and  to  the  great  family 
of  Clinton.  This  marriage  brought  to  Sir  George  an  ample 
estate  of  manors  and  lands  in  the  counties  of  Salop,  Stafford, 
Warwick,  Leicester,  Hereford,  Wilts,  Somerset,  Devon  and  Corn- 
wall. Sir  George  Booth  died  the  first  year  of  Richard  III.  (1483). 
By  his  wife  Catherine  he  had  three  sons  and  two  daughters, 
according  to  the  heraldic  records : 

i.     William, io  of  Bolin  and  Dunham,  (see  his  history). 

ii.    Margaretta  (or  Ellen),  who  married  Trafford  of  Trafford. 

iii.  Elizabeth  (or  Alice),  who  married  William  Massey,  of  Denfield. 

iv.  The  names  of  the  other  two  sons  were   Laurence  and  Roger,  but  no 

mention  is  made  of  them  in  Lady  Stamford's  genealogy,  and   they 

probably  died  in  infancy. 

10.  Sir  William10  Booth  (George,9  William,8  Robert,7 John,6  Thomas,5 
John*  Thomas,3  William,2  Adam1),  of  Bolin  and  Dunham  Mas- 
sey, Knight,  was  twice  married ;  first  to  Margarette,  daughter 
and  co-heir  of  Thomas  Ashton  de  Ashton,  Lancashire,  Underline 
Knight  (by  his  wife  Anne,  daughter  of  Lord  Greyslock  and 
Wemm,  "by  whom  a  large  inheritance  in  Lancashire  and 
Cheshire  came  to  the  family  of  Bouthe."    This  property  was,  in 



1771,  in  possession  of  the  Countess  Dowager  of  Stamford.  Lady 
Margerette  died  before  1504,  leaving  two  sons : 

i.    George, n  born  about  1491  (see  bis  history). 

ii.  John,  who  married  a  daughter  of  Sir  Pierre  Dutton,  and  had  two  sons, 
William  and  Robert,  in  Dutton,  Cheshire. 

He  then  married  Alionoria  (Ellen),  daughter  and  co-heir  of  Sir  John 
Montgomery,  of  Kewby,  in  Staffordshire.  Sir  William  Booth  died  the 
eleventh  year  of  Henry  VIII.  (Nov.  19, 1519)  and  was  buried  at  Bowden. 
By  his  wife  Alionoria  (or  Ellen)  he  had  eight  children : 

i.  William. 

ii.  Edward,  ancestor  of  the  Twemlow  Booths. 

Hi.  Hamlet. 

iv.  Henry. 

v.  Andrew,  who  died  a  single  person  in  the  thirty-first  year  of  Henry  VIII. 

vi.  Joane  (or  Jane),  who  married  Hugh  Dutton. 

vii.  Dorothy,  who  married  Edward  Warre. 

viii.  Anne,  who  married  William  Brereton. 

11.  Sir    George11    Booth    (William,™    George,9    William ,»  Robert,7 

John,6  Thomas ,5  John ,4  Thomas,3  William,2  Adam1),  of  Dunham, 
son  and  heir  of  Sir  William  Booth,  married  Elizabeth,  daughter 
of  Sir  Thomas  Butler,  of  Bewse}-  (Beausay),  Knight,  near  War- 
rington, in  Lancashire,  whose  progenitors  had  been  summoned 
to  Parliament  in  the  reigns  of  Edward  I.  and  II.  By  her  he  had 
four  sons  and  seven  daughters.  He  died  in  the  twenty-third 
year  of  Henry  VIII.,  (1531)  aged  40  years. 

George,  born  about  1515,  died  35  Henry  VII.  (see  his  history), 
i.      Elizabeth,  who  married  Richard  Sutton. 
ii.     Dorothy,  who  married  Robert  Tatton. 
v.     Anne,  who  married  William  Massey. 
v.      John,  the   second   son,  who    was   knighted    and  had  issue:    William, 

Robert,  Edward,  Henr3r. 
vi.     Robert,  the  third  son. 
vii.    Alice,  who  married  William  Damport. 
viii.  Margaret,  who  married  Peter  Leicester, 
ix.     Ellen,  who  married  John  Carrington,  of  Carrington. 
x.      Roger  and  Cecil  are  not  mentioned  in  Lady  Stamford's  genealogy, 
and  probably  died  in  infancy. 

12.  Sir  George12   Booth    (George11    William,™    George9    William,^ 

Robert,1  John,6  Thomas,5  John,*  Thomas,3  William,2  Adam1), 
eldest  son  and  heir  of  Sir  George  Booth,  was  born  about  1515  or 
1516,  and  died  154-4,  aged  28.  He  married,  in  1531,  when  but 
16  years  of  age,  Margaret,  daughter  of  Rowland  Bulkeley,  of 
Benmorris  (Anglesea),  Knight,  but  by  her  had  no  issue.     He 

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then,  after  her  death,  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Sir  Edward 
Trafford,  in  Lancashire,  Knight.  To  him,  as  one  of  the  families 
of  rank,  came  an  official  letter,  Oct.  12,  1529,  announcing,  by 
command  of  Queen  Jane  Sej'mour,  the  birth  of  her  son,  after- 
wards Edward  VI.  It  is  dated  on  the  day  of  his  birth.  This 
letter  was  preserved  by  Lady  Mary,  Countess  Dowager  of  Stam- 
ford (1771),  as  was  also  another  from  Henry  VIII.  to  Sir  George 
Booth,  Feb.  10,  1543,  concerning  forces  to  be  raised  against  the 
Scots.  Elizabeth,  wife  of  Sir  George  Booth,  died  in  1582.  Both 
of  them  lie  buried  at  Trentham  Church,  Staffordshire.    By  her 

the  mother  of  his  children,  he  had: 
i.     Elizabeth,  who  married  William  Chantrell  de  Bache. 
ii.   William, is  born  1541  (see  his  history). 
iii.  Amey  (or  Anne), 
iv.  Mary,  who  married  Randall  Davenport,  of  Kenbury. 

13.  Sir  William^  Booth  (George,™  George,"*  William,™  George? 
William?  Robert?  John?  Thomas?  John?  Thomas?  William? 
Adam1),  of  Dunham,  Knight,  son  of  Sir  George  Booth,  was  but 
three  years  old  when  his  father  died,  and,  therefore,  was  in  ward 
to  the  King.  He  married  Elizabeth,  daughter  of  Sir  John  War- 
burton,  of  Airley,  Cheshire,  Knight.  He  became  Sheriff  of  Chester 
1571,  and  was  knighted  1578,  and  died  September,  1579,  in  his 
39th  year.  He  was  buried  at  Bowden.  His  wife  died  December, 
1628.    They  had  seven  sons  and  six  daughters: 

i.  George,  bona  about  1567,  was  but  12  years  old  when  his  father  died. 
He  was  knighted  when  of  age  and  succeeded  to  the  estate  of  his 
father.  He  was  twice  High  Sheriff  of  Cheshire  and  of  Lancashire. 
He  married  twice  and  his  second  wife  was  a  daughter  of  Judge 
Anderson  of  the  King's  Bench.  He  had  five  sons  and  seven  daugh- 
ters. William,  the  eldest  son,  died  before  his  father,  but  his  son 
George  (grandson  of  Sir  George)  succeeded  him  as  heir.  He  was  the 
first  Lord  Delamere.  His  son  Henry,  second  Lord  Delamere,  suc- 
ceeded to  the  peerage  and  became  very  famous  in  English  history. 
He  was  knight  of  the  shire,  custos  rotulorum,  and  memoer  of  several 
Parliaments.  He  favored  the  Bill  of  Exclusion,  guarding  the  Pro- 
testant succession,  for  which  he  was  thanked  by  Lord  Russell  on  the 
morning  of  that  nobleman's  execution.  In  the  latter  years  of 
Charles  II.,  and  after  the  accession  of  James  II.,  he  was  twice  com- 
mitted to  the  Tower,  and,  at  length,  tried  under  the  last  named 
tyrant  for  high  treason,  and  unanimously  acquitted  by  the  court  of 
twenty-seven  peers.  Afterward  he  retired  to  Dunham  Massey  until 
the  Revolution,  when  he  was  one  of  a  committee  of  three  noblemen, 
appointed  by  the  Prince  of  Orange,  to  demand  of  James  that  he 
remove  from  Whitehall.  He  was  made  Privy  Counsellor,  Chancellor 
of  the   Exchequer,  and    was   created    Earl  of  Warrington  in   1687. 










George,  his  son,  succeeded  him  as  third  Lord  Delamere  and  second 
Earl  of  Warrington,  but  his  only  issue  was  Mary,  who  married 
Rt.  Hon.  Henry  Grey.  Earl  of  Stamford,  and  the  line  became  extinct. 

M  ARY. 


Edward  (or  Edmund),  a  lawj-er,  who  died  without  issue. 

John,  died  1644,  leaving  three  sons  and  one  daughter. 

Robert,  an  officer  of  the  army,  died  1628. 

Richard, i*  the  fifth  son,  baptized  in  1578,  married  a  Massey  ofCogs- 
hill  in  Cheshire,  and  died  in  1628.  From  him  the  Boothes  of  Bar- 
row, in  Cheshire,  and  (tradition  says)  of  New  England,  U.  S.  A.,  are 

Eleanor,  who  married  a  Panton. 

Susan,  who  married  Edward  Warren. 

Dorothy,  who  married  Broughton. 

The  other  children  were:  William,  who  died  before  his  father;  Peter, 
who  died  young;  and  Elizabeth.  The  last  two  are  not  mentioned  in 
Lady  Stamford's  genealogy,  and  probably  died  in  infancy. 





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Descendants  of  Richard  Booth,  in  Fairfield  County,  Conn. 

|HE  following  Genealogy  of  the  New  England 
Booths,  or  that  part  of  them  descended  from  Rich- 
ard Booth  (who  descended  from  Richard  Booth,  of 
Cheshire,  England) ,  who  settled  in  Fairfield  County, 
Conn.,  U.  S.  A.,  is  compiled  from  the  town  and 
church  records  of  Stratford  and  Newtown,  Conn., 
from  records  in  family  bibles,  from  inscriptions  on  grave 
stones,  and  from  tradition.  Tradition,  the  unwritten  his- 
tory of  men  and  events,  transmitted  orally  from  father  to 
son,  or  from  ancestors  to  those  of  later  generations,  says, 
that  three  brothers,  the  sons  of  Richard  Booth,  of 
Cheshire,  England,  came  to  America  between  1630  and 
1640,  their  father  having  died  in  December,  1628.  They 
landed  at  New  Haven,  Conn.,  and  the  oldest,  Richard 
Booth,  settled  in  Stratford,  Conn.,  in  1640,  one  year  after 
Stratford  was  settled.  John  settled  at  Southold,  Long 
Island,  N.  Y.,  and  the  younger  brother  went  North.  His- 
tory speaks  of  one  Robert  Booth  at  Exeter,  New  Hamp- 
shire, as  early  as  1645.  The  descendants  of  these  brothers 
were  aware  of  their  English  origin  as  told  to  them  by 
their  parents,  and  members  of  the  Booth  families  visited 
their  cousins  in  England  and  English  cousins  of  the  Booth 
family  visited  them  at  an  early  date. 

1.  Richard1  Booth,  the  progenitor  of  the  Booth  family  of  Fairfield 
Count}-,  Conn.,  emigrated  from  Cheshire,  England,  between  the 
years  1630  and  1640,  his  father,  as  tradition  has  it,  being  Richard , 
the  fifth  son  of  Sir  William  Booth,  Knight,  who  died  and  was 
buried  at  Bowden,  Cheshire,  September,  1578.     Tradition  says 


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his  two  younger  brothers  emigrated  to  America  with  Richard, 
one  of  them  settling  on  Long  Island  and  the  other  elsewhere, 
Richard  being  the  only  one  who  settled  in  Connecticut.  He  mar- 
ried Elizabeth,  sister  of  Captain  Joseph  Hawley,  who  was  the 
first  town  clerk  of  Stratford,  and  settled  in  Stratford  in  1640. 

Richard  Booth's  name  appears  often  in  the  town  records  of  his 
day,  as  "townsman,"  or  selectman,  and  in  other  commissions  of 
office  and  trust.  The  prefix  Mr.,  before  his  name,  in  the  colonial 
records,  indicates,  under  the  rigid  adjustment  of  social  rank  then 
observed,  a  position  decidedly  influential  and  respectable.  His 
large  landed  property  he  divided  in  his  life-time  among  his  chil- 
dren. He  left  no  will.  The  latest  mention  of  him  extant  is  in 
March,  1688-9,  in  his  82nd  j-ear.  As  the  Congregational  Burial 
Ground,  west  of  Main  street,  was  opened  in  1678,  he  was  doubt- 
less buried  there,  and  as  his  son  Joseph,  who  outlived  him  not 
more  than  12  to  15  years,  would  probably  be  interred  at  his 
side,  the  spot  cannot  be  distant  from  the  monument  lately 
erected  by  William  A.  Booth,  Esq.,  and  other  descendants  of 
Joseph,  over  the  grave  of  the  latter. 

Mr.  Booth  seems  to  have  been  twice  married,  for  in  1689  (p. 
16,  vol.  ii.,  Land  Rec.)  he  speaks  of  "my  now  wife,"  a  phrase 
commonly  indicative,  as  then  used,  of  a  second  marriage.  His 
first  wife,  the  mother  of  his  children,  was  Elizabeth,  sister  of 
Joseph  Hawley,  the  founder  of  that  name,  and  the  first  recorder 
or  town  clerk  of  Stratford.  This  is  another  incidental  proof  of 
his  being  among  the  original  proprietors  of  the  town.  Their 
daughter,  Elizabeth,  was  born  in  1641.  A  collateral  evidence 
also  of  the  marriage  is  the  fact  that  his  son  Ephraim,  in  his  will 
styles  Samuel  Hawley,  son  of  Joseph,  "cousin." 

Mr.  Booth's  home  lot  was  in  Main  street,  on  the  west  side,  the 

fifth  in  order  below  the  Bridgeport  road,  and  is  No.  29,  on  the 

map  of  Stratford.    Like  the  other  proprietors,  also,  he  had  lands 

of  considerable  area  in  the  aggregate,  scattered  through  various 

parts  of  the  town,  where,  in  the  divisions  by  lot,  they  chanced  to 

fall.    This  disconnected  state  of  one's  farm  lands  is  characteristic 

of  such  property  in  Stratford,  even  now.    The  children  of  Richard 

and  Elizabeth  Booth  were : 

Elizabeth,  born  Sept.  10,  1641;  married  John  Minor,  an  interpreter 
to  the  Indian  missionaries,  who  settled  in  Woodbury,  Conn.,  and 
had  ten  children,  viz:  John,  Thomas,  Hannah,  Elizabeth,  Grace, 
Joseph,  Ephraim,  Sarah,  Abigail  and  Joanna. 

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ii.      Anne,  born  Feb.  14,  1643,  not  known  to  have  been  married. 

iii.  Ephraim,  born  Aug.  1,  1648;  married  Mary  Clark  in  1674,  who 
married,  after  Ephraim's  death,  Thomas  Bennitt,  of  Newtown,  in 
1692.  Ephraim  and  Mary  Booth  had  four  children,  viz :  Bethia. 
who  married  her  cousin,  Samuel  Hawley,  Jr.,  in  1702;  Richard; 
Mary,  born  1676,  married  Agar  Fairchild  September,  1710;  Johanna, 
born  September,  1678,  married  John  Sherwood  1699  and  Thomas 
Hawley  1701. 

iv.  Ebenezkr,  born  Nov.  19,  1651 ;  married  twice.  By  his  first  wife  he 
had:  First,  Abia,  born  October,  1674,  married  Joseph  Beach;  sec- 
ond, Richard,  born  May,  1679.  By  his  second  wife,  Elizabeth  Jones, 
he  had:  Ebenezer,  born  Nov.  19,  1655,  and  married,  1709,  Mary, 
daughter  of  James  Cla.rk,  and  settled  in  Newtown,  Conn.;  Deborah, 
Edward,  Elizabeth,  Abigail,  and  Benjamin.  Ebenezer  was  ancestor 
of  Sabra  Sherman,  who  married  Daniel0  Booth  of  Bridgewater. 
Ebenezer,  son  of  Richard,  died  in  1732. 

v.  John, 2  also  called  Sergeant  John,  born  Nov.  6,  1653,  (see  his  history 

vi.  Joseph,  born  Jan.  8,  1656,  married  three  times  and  is  ancestor  of  all 
the  Booths  now  remaining  in  the  present  town  of  Stratford.  He 
died  Sept.  1,  1703,  and  had  seven  children,  all  by  his  second  wife. 

vii.    Bethiah,  born  Aug.  18,  1658. 

viii.  Johannah,  born  March  21,  1661. 

Sergeant  John2  Booth  (Richard1)  was  born  Nov.  6,  1653.  His 
title  of  Sergeant  was  earned  in  the  Pequo't  War.  In  1675  King 
Philip  incited  a  general  Indian  war  against  the  whites,  burning 
many  villages,  and  killing  men,  women  and  children  in  the  colo- 
nies of  Massachusetts,  Plymouth  and  Connecticut.  The  colonists 
made  haste  to  defend  themselves,  and  raised  a  thousand  men  to 
be  placed  under  command  of  Col.  Thomas  Church  for  an  expedi- 
tion against  the  stronghold  of  the  enemy  in  the  swamps  of  Rhode 
Island,  and  to  make  active  warfare  upon  them  in  their  winter 
quarters  there.  The  town  of  Stratford  raised  one  company  of 
troops  for  this  purpose,  among  whose  volunteers  was  John 
Booth,  then  but  22  years  of  age.  The  march  to  the  seat  of  war 
was  made  in  the  winter,  on  foot,  through  snow  knee-deep,  for 
nearly  100  miles  and  through  an  unsettled  country,  where  thev 
found  the  enemy  entrenched  in  a  fortress  in  a  large  swamp,  diffi- 
cult of  access,  on  an  island  of  a  few  acres  in  extent,  surrounded 
by  a  broad  ditch  of  water,  the  depth  of  which  wotild  reach  to 
their  armpits.  Close  alongside  of  this  ditch  was  a  barricade  of 
logs,  ten  or  twelve  feet  high,  and  no  entrance  was  discovered 
only  at  one  place,  where  a  large  tree  lay  across  the  ditch,  capable 
of  allowing  only  one  by  one  at  a  time  to  pass  out  in  single  file 
between  two  block  houses  that  guarded  the  entrance.     There 

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was  no  course  to  pursue  but  to  press  quickly  forward  and  drive 
the  Indians  from  the  block  house,  and  obtain  possession. 

Of  the  Connecticut  troops  to  cross  on  the  log,  the  first  was 
another  company  from  their  colony;  the  Indians  sent  forth  a 
murderous  fire  from  their  muskets  that  killed  a  large  number  of 
that  company.  The  next  company  close  behind  them  was  from 
Stratford,  headed  by  their  captain,  who  was  shot  down  as  soon 
as  he  began  to  cross  the  log,  and  most  of  the  men  next  to  him. 
John  Booth,  one  of  the  soldiers,  was  in  the  center  of  that  com- 
pany in  crossing  the  log.  He  pushed  forward,  and,  while  in  the 
act  of  raising  his  low-crowned  hat  to  cheer  on  the  men  behind,  a 
musket  ball  passed  through  it,  just  grazing  the  top  of  the  scalp, 
and  would  have  pierced  his  skull  had  the  hat  been  in  its  usual 
place.  This  hat  was  preserved  in  the  Booth  family  for  upwards 
of  half  a  centum,  after  which  it  was  unaccountably  lost.  By 
this  time  they  had  succeeded  in  driving  the  Indians  from  the 
block  house,  preventing  the  remainder  of  the  troops  from  being 
obstructed  by  the  fire  of  their  guns  in  crossing  to  the  fort.  The 
tide  had  turned  in  their  favor;  for  sometime  they  fought  desper- 
ately against  the  Indians,  and  before  the  close  of  the  fight  a  por- 
tion of  the  Massachusetts  troops  effected  an  entrance  in  the 
rear — placing  the  Indians  between  two  fires,  killing  and  wound- 
ing numbers  of  them.  The  savages  were  completely  routed,  and 
soon  disappeared.  Their  wigwams  were  fired,  and  the  women 
and  children  that  were  in  them  perished  with  the  structures.  It 
was  hoped  that  they  could  have  got  King  Philip,  but  he  escaped 
at  that  time,  but  was  afterwards  hunted  down  and  shot  dead 
in  a  swamp  where  he  had  fled  for  safety.  The  tribe  having  lost 
a  greater  part  of  their  number,  were  completely  broken  up  in 
their  winter  quarters. 

Sergeant  John  married  first,  June,  1678,  Dorothy,  daughter  of 
Thomas  Hawley,  of  Roxbury.    After  her  death,  in  1710,  he  mar- 
ried, second,  Hannah,  widow  of  Robert  Clark.    She  died  in  1717. 
By  his  first  wife,  Dorothy,  they  had : 

Thomas,  born  March  13,  1679;   married,  first,  Elizabeth,  daughter  of 
Isaac Judson;    second,  Elizabeth  Coney. 

Jonathan, 3  born  1682  (see  his  history  hereafter). 

Ephraim,  born  1689;   married  Rachael,  daughter  of  Abraham  Nichols, 
in  1711. 

Mary,  born  1686. 

Ann,  born  1688. 

Sarah,  born  1691.. 


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vii.  John,  Jr.,  born  1695;  married  Elizabeth  Mallory,  of  New  Haven, 
Conn.,  Jan.  9,  1717,  and  had  six  children,  viz:  Nathan,  Gideon, 
Bethiah,  Elizabeth,  Mabel  and  Mary.  Gideon  Booth  was  ancestor 
of  Mrs.  Dyniond,  the  famous  Booth  historian. 

3.  Jonathan3  Booth  {John,2  Richard1)  was  born  at  Stratford  the 
winter  of  1681-2,  and  married  Hester,  daughter  of  Samuel  Gal- 
pin,  1703,  and  after  the  birth  of  his  two  oldest  sons,  he,  with  his 
cousin  Ebeuezer,  journeyed  to  Newtown  in  1707-8,  following  up 
the  Housatonic  River  to  where  the  tribe  of  Pohtatuck  Indians 
lived,  and  purchased  of  them  an  extensive  tract,  about  two  miles 
west  of  the  river,  on  part  of  which  the  village  of  Newtown  was 
afterwards  laid  out  and  built.  They  immediately  commenced  to 
clear  the  forests  of  the  land  for  cultivation,  returning  next  year 
to  prepare  dwellings  before  they  moved  their  families. 

From  Jonathan  and  his  cousin,  Ebenezer  Booth,  all  the  Booths 
of  Newtown  have  descended,  and  there  is  scarcely  an  old  family 
name  in  the  limits  of  the  town  but  what  can  (by  intermarriage) 
trace  their  lineage  back  to  them,  as,  for  instance,  the  Beers, 
Nichols,  Hawleys,  Glovers,  and  many  others.  His  youngest  son, 
Jonathan,  built  a  house  on  the  old  homestead,  nearly  in  front  of 
his  father's,  in  1740.  This  dwelling  was  covered  with  cypress 
shingles ;  those  on  the  roof  lasted  80  years  before  renewal,  and 
the  bricks  used  in  the  construction  of  the  chimney  were  brought 
from  Holland.  The  plastering  was  done  by  an  Indian  and  the 
ring  composed  of  mortar  in  the  ceiling  of  the  parlor  was  consid- 
ered a  great  piece  of  art  in  those  days.  This  house  remained  until 
a  few  years  ago  ;  it  was  removed  to  the  opposite  side  of  the  street, 
to  give  place  to  the  more  modern  structure,  now  on  its  site. 
These  early  settlers,  brave  in  enduring  hardships,  with  persevering 
industry  and  contented  dispositions,  laid  the  foundation  of  pros- 
perity, which  later  generations  of  Newtown  are  now  enjoying. 
Jonathan  Booth  was  buried  near  the  center  of  Newtown  Bury- 
ing Ground,  and  his  moss-covered,  reddish  gravestone  reads  as 
follows:  "  In  memory  of  Mr.  Jonathan  Booth.  He  died  Febru- 
ary 8,  A.  D.  1755,  aged  73  years."  The  grave  of  Hester,  his 
wife,  lies  by  his  side,  but  the  inscription  on  her  gravestone  is 
only  partially  legible.  Jonathan  Booth's  children  were: 
i.  Daniel,4  born  Jan.  12,  1704,  (see  his  history  hereafter), 
ii.  Abel,  born  July  15,  1707;  married  and  had  nine  children,  viz:  Ann, 
who  married  a  Dibble,  of  Danbury,  Hezekiah,  Damans,  who  mar- 
ried Jared  Baldwin,  Abel,  Abiel,  Rebecca,  who  married  a  Toucey, 
and  Esther,  who  married  Ebenezer  Smith,  of  Brookfield. 


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iii.  Ann,  born  April  15,  1710;  married  Nathaniel  Nichols  December, 
1732-3;  had  four  sons,  Richard,  Peter,  Theophilus  and  Elijah. 
Richard  had  Austin  and  Daniel.  Peter  had  Lemuel,  Nathaniel,  Sarah, 
Polly,  Rebecca  and  two  more  daughters  ;  Sarah  married  Hull  Booth: 
Polly  married  Lamson  Birch;  Rebecca  married  Simeon  Beers.  Theo- 
philus had  Abel,  James,  Sarah  Ann  and  Booth.  Elijah  had  David, 
Joseph  and  Charles. 

iv.  Jonathan,  born  June  10,  1715;  married,  and  had  five  sons,  viz: 
Reuben,  Joseph,  David,  Zalmon  and  Jonathan.  Reuben  had  Smith 
and  Hull;    Hull  had  Reuben  and  David.     Jonathan  had  Zalmon. 

v.  Mabel,  born  Dec.  13,  1722;  married  Daniel  Beers,  and  had  Jerusha, 
Cyrus,  David,  Daniel,  Austin,  Esther  and  Mabel.  Jerusha  married 
Webb  Tomlinson,  and  had  Sally,  Eli,  Beers,  Abel,  Mabel,  Polly, 
Joseph,  Sophia  and  Abigail.  David  had  Ammon,  Samuel,  Booth, 
Amos,  Cyrus,  Luther,  Sally,  Betsey,  Charles;  Betsey  married  Cabel 
Baldwin.  Esther  married  Caleb  Bennett,  and  had  Abel,  James  and 
Sarah  Ann.  Mabel  married  John  Beach,  and  had  Luc3',  Anna, 
Mathew,  Boyle,  John  and  Phoebe;  Lucy  married  James  Nichols; 
Anna  married  a  Sheldon. 

Lieutenant  Daniel4  Booth  (Jonathan?  John,2  Richard1)  was 
born  at  Stratford  Jan.  12,  1704;  removed  with  his  parents, 
when  four  or  five  years  of  age,  to  their  new  home  in  Newtown, 
Conn.,  where  he  spent  a  long,  active  and  useful  life.  He  was 
married  to  Eunice,  daughter  of  Thomas  Bennett,  by  the  Rev. 
John  Beach,  then  a  Congregational  minister,  in  172—.  By  his 
marriage  he  had  eight  children,  three  sons  and  five  daughters,  all 
of  whom  lived  to  grow  up,  marry  and  have  families,  and  settle 
around  him.  His  father  built  him  a  house  about  half  a  mile  east 
of  his  own,  and  gave  him  a  deed  of  the  same  in  March,  1728-9, 
with  the  orchard  of  young  apple  trees  thereon,  and  two  of  them 
are  still  living  at  the  present  time.  By  his  industry  and  manage- 
ment he  acquired  a  large  landed  property,  and  was  at  one  time 
the  largest  landholder  in  town.  The  inhabitants  of  the  colony 
were  sparsely  settled  within  its  limits,  and  looked  to  themselves 
to  keep  up  a  military  organization  in  defense  of  itself  against  any 
inroads  of  an  enemy.  Every  able-bodied  man  was  enrolled  to 
duty,  held  himself  ready  in  any  emergency,  and  every  town  had 
its  organized  company.  Daniel  Booth  was  chosen  a  lieutenant 
in  the  company  at  Newtown,  and  held  a  lieutenant's  commission, 
and  the  numerous  deeds  on  the  town  records  give  him  the  title 
of  Lieutenant. 

Lieutenant  Daniel  became  a  member  of  the  Congregational 
society,  or,  as  they  styled  themselves  in  that  day,  Presbyterians, 
and  took  a  prominent  part  in  their  meetings.     About  this  time 



Rev.  John  Beach,  their  minister,  became  convinced  by  diligent 
research  and  examination  of  the  invalidity  of  Congregational 
ordination  and  declared  for  the  Church  of  England,  and  crossed 
the  broad  Atlantic  to  England  for  holy  orders,  where  he  was 
ordained.  He  was  appointed  a  missionary  to  Newtown  and 
vicinity,  returning  in  autumn  of  the  same  year. 

Lieutenant  Daniel  Booth  was  a  faithful  and  an  honored  mem- 
ber of  the  society,  to  which  he  belonged,  was  a  man  of  extensive 
reading,  well  versed  in  the  Bible  and  had  held  the  office  of  a 
deacon  for  thirteen  years,  diligently  studying  the  Scriptures,  con- 
tinually perusing  their  sacred  leaves,  until  he  became  convinced  of 
the  errors  of  Congregationalism,  and  resigned  his  office  of  deacon 
and  membership  in  the  said  society.  The  minister  and  members 
of  said  society  expostulated  and  tried  to  dissuade  him  from  his 
course,  and  called  a  day  to  meet  them  in  the  meeting  house,  and 
to  discuss  the  subject  of  his  resignation.  In  the  month  of  Septem- 
ber they  met  in  the  meeting  house  for  the  purpose  of  acting  on 
his  resignation.  Deacon  Daniel  expressed  his  views  on  the  sub- 
ject, and  the  Rev.  Mr.  Judson  followed  him  on  the  subject  of  his 
resignation ;  they  thus  reasoned  upon  the  matter  together,  but 
Deacon  Daniel  having  thoroughly  posted  himself,  and  brought 
forward  so  much  Scriptural  proof  that  he  outreasoned  the  Rev. 
Mr.  Judson,  his  minister,  and  the  Rev.  Mr.  Judson  told  his  people 
not  to  say  one  word  against  Deacon  Daniel  Booth  resigning. 
The  members  of  the  society  recorded  the  following: 

''Sept.  9,  A.  D.  1763:  Deacon  Daniel  Booth  resigned  of  his 
own  motion  his  office  of  deacon  in  this  church,  and  also  his  rela- 
tion as  a  brother,  because  he  could  not,  as  himself  declareth,  be 
easy  under  the  Calvanistic  doctrine  therein  taught." 

The  effect  of  the  conversion  of  Rev.  John  Beach,  and  his  faith- 
ful deacon,  Daniel  Booth,  to  the  Church  of  England,  brought  a 
large  number  of  followers  from  the  Congregational  Societ}r  to 
the  Episcopal  Church,  and  Trinity  Church,  Newtown,  was  from 
that  time  and  continues  to  be  one  of  the  strongest  Episcopal 
parishes  in  the  diocese  of  Connecticut. 

Lieutenant  Daniel  Booth  was  a  man  of  broad  views  in  his 
charities  as  well  as  in  his  religion.  It  was  his  custom  to  visit,  in 
person,  every  poor  family  in  town  during  the  winter,  carrying  a 
grist  of  wheat  or  other  provisions  to  the  needy,  and  investigat- 
ing the  condition  of  each  for  the  winter.    If  any  did  not  have 






fodder  enough  to  winter  their  cow,  it  must  be  brought  and  put 
with  his  cows  till  grass  came.  Of  course,  he  never  lacked  for 
help  in  the  coming  harvest.  Speaking  of  his  sons,  who  com- 
plained that  he  gave  away  too  much,  he  used  to  say :  "  My  boj-s 
don't  realize  that  for  every  pound  I  give  away  in  charities  there 
comes  back  ten  pounds  to  me  again."  At  a  time  -when  milch 
cows  were  scarce  and  he  had  cows  to  sell,  he  refused  to  sell  to 
those  who  had  money,  because  so  many  poor  people  needed  cows, 
that  had  no  money.  Many  instances  of  his  liberal  kindnesses  are 
told,  and  the  following  inscription  on  his  grave  stone,  near  the 
center  of  Newtown  Burying  Ground,  written  by  his  beloved 
pastor,  Rev.  John  Beach,  sums  it  all  up: 

"The  once  well-respected  Mr.  Daniel  Booth,  here  rested  from 
the  hurry  of  life  the  8th  of  April,  A.  D.  1777,  aged  LXXIII.  Could 
a  virtuous,  honest  and  amiable  character,  could  blessings  of  the 
poor  echoing  from  his  gate,  could  the  sympathetic  grief  of  an 
aged  partner  disarm  the  king  of  terrors,  he  had  not  died.  What 
is  life?    To  answer  life's  great  aim. 

"From  earth's  low  prison,  from  the  vale  of  tears, 
With  age  incumbered  and  oppressed  with  years, 
Death  set  him  free,  his  Christ  had  made  his  peace ; 
I>et  grief  be  dumb  ;   let  pious  sorrow  cease." 

Lieutenant  Daniel  was  a  tall  man  of  a  fine  and  commanding 
appearance,  with  a  good  physical  constitution,  far  beyond  one  of 
his  years.  Reared  in  the  midst  of  the  Pohtatuck  Indians,  his 
every-day  business  bringing  him  in  contact  with  them,  they 
learned  to  both  love  and  fear  him,  and  he  had  a  peculiarly  fasci- 
nating influence  over  them.  He  learned  them  to  cultivate  the 
soil  and  taught  them  many  of  the  arts  of  civilization.  He,  in 
person,  plowed  their  corn,  and  they  in  return  howed  corn  for  him. 
Alone,  in  the  dead  of  night,  he  would  often  leave  his  bed  and  go 
out  in  the  darkness  to  their  settlement,  on  what  is  now  known 
as  Walnut  Tree  Hill,  one  or  two  miles  away,  to  still  their  "  pow- 
wows" and  settle  their  difficulties,  and  came  home  unharmed. 
Once  his  wife,  after  waiting  and  watching  his  return  into  the 
small  hours  of  the  night,  was  pacing  the  long  hall,  when  the  door 
opened  noiselessly  and  a  tall,  straight  form,  like  an  Indian,  con- 
fronted her  in  the  gloom.  She  shrieked,  and,  fainting,  was  caught 
in  her  husband's  arms — as  she  supposed  he  was  killed  and  the 
stranger  was  on  his  murderous  errand.  He  died  universally 
respected  and  beloved.    His  children  named  in  his  will  were: 





i.       Esther,  who  married  James  Heard,  August  1747. 

ii.  Anna,  who  married  George  Smith,  of  Brookfield,  Nov.  24,  1748. 
Their  son  John  was  born  and  she  died  in  child-bed  Oct.  26,  1749. 

iii.     Daniel, 5  born  1730  (see  his  history  hereafter). 

iv.     Sarah,  who  married  Ebenezer  Peck  March.  1757. 

v.      Abraham,  who  died  Oct.  20,  1815. 

vi.     Eunice,  who  married  James  Glover  and  died  May  7,  1795. 

vii,    Naomi,  who  married  Z.  Norton. 

viii.  Ezra,  from  whom  all  the  Booths  at  or  near  Vergennes,  Vt.,  sprang, 
was  born  in  1745  and  died  July  18,  1812.  His  children  were: 
Samuel  Beers  Booth,  Cyrus  Booth,  Eunice  Booth  and  Austin  Booth. 
Samuel  Beers  Booth  had  children:  Sally,  who  married  William  H. 
White,  and  had  three  children;  Ezra,  of  Rochester,  N.  Y.,  who  died 
in  1891,  leaving  six  children;  Jared  Brace,  who  had  two  children, 
now  living,  and  several  who  died  quite  young.  Cyrus  Booth  had  no 
children.  Austin  Booth  lived  in  Newtown,  Conn.,  while  his  two 
older  brothers  removed  to  Vergennes,  Vt.,  about  1S00.  His  three 
daughters,  Anna,  Lucy,  Abigail,  died  in  Newtown;  William  died, 
single,  at  Key  WTest,  Fla.  Henry  married  and  died  in  Vermont  and 
left  one  son.  Ezra  died  in  Vermont  and  left  six  children,  William, 
Richard,  Austin,  Lucy,  Ellen  and  Ada,  all  of  whom  married  and  had 
children.  Cyrus  A.  removed  to  Vermont  in  1S34,  married,  first, 
Catherine  M.  White,  and  had  William  White,  who  married  and  had 
two  daughters;  Charles  Austin,  a  United  States  army  officer,  grad- 
uate of  West  Point,  married  and  had  three  children.  Cyrus  A.  mar- 
ried, second,  Sarah  Booth  White,  and  had  Sarah,  who  married  Rev. 
A.B.Clatk,  Episcopal  missionary  at  Rosebud,  S.  Dak.,  and  had  three 
children;  John  Henry,  lawyer,  a  graduate  of  Yale  College  and  Col- 
umbia Law  School,  married  and  settled  at  Plattsburgh,  N.  Y. 
Cyrus  A.  Booth  is  the  present  Mayor  of  Vergennes,  Vt. 

5.  Daniel5  Booth  (Lieutenant  Daniel^  Jonathan,3  Sergeant  John,2 
Richard1)  was  born  in  Newtown  in  1730.  He  married  Huldah 
Thompson,  of  Stratford.  He  alwa3rs  lived  on  the  old  homestead 
of  his  father  on  the  "Island"  so-called,  about  one-half  mile  east 
of  Newtown  village.  He  was  a  merchant,  buying  fat  cattle,  pork 
and  provisions  from  the  farmers,  shipping  them  in  his  own  ves- 
sels from  Bridgeport  to  the  West  Indies,  and  bringing  back  for 
sale  sugar,  molasses,  rum, etc.  He  had  a  large  landed  estate  and 
his  lands  reached  continuously  for  seven  miles  northward  across 
the  Housatonic  River  into  Bridgewater,  where  two  of  his  sons 
settled  on  farms  bequeathed  to  them.  He  was  a  man  of  strict 
integrity  and  had  the  entire  confidence  of  the  whole  community. 
The  following  anecdote  gives  the  keynote  to  his  character :  A 
farmer  bringing  a  yoke  of  fat  oxen  to  sell  was  asked  how  much 
he  wanted  for  them.  He  replied  he  "thought  he  ought  to  have 
about  ten  pounds."     "Yes,"  says  Mr.  Booth,  after  examining 


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them,  "you  ought  to  have  ten  pound  ten."    And  "ten  pound 
ten  "  was  what  he  got  for  them. 

The  children  of  Daniel  and  Huldah  Booth  were: 

Parthena,  born  1773,  died  1851 ;  married  Jabez  Hawley,  and  had 
children:  1.  Sally,  b.  1798,  m.  Philo  Beers,  and  removed  to 
Michigan.  She  had :  Mary,  who  married  an  Ingersoll,  and  had 
Howard.  Sarah,  Arthur,  Robert,  Mattie,  Charles;  Philo,  who  died 
unmarried ;  Sarah,  who  married  James  Dole,  of  Chicago,  and  had 
Fannie,  Matie,  George,  Arthur,  Charles,  Julia ;  Orville ;  Annie,  who 
married  a  Smith  and  had  two  sons.  2.  Anna,  died  unmarried. 
3.  Mary,  b.  1802,  died  1852,  m.  Granville  S.  Glover  and  had:  Ann 
Elizabeth,  m.  Henry  D.Gilbert,  and  had  two  children;  Charlotte, 
died  unmarried  ;  Jabez  Hawley,  b.  1827,  m.  Mary  Elizabeth  Peck, 
and  had  two  children.  3.  Benjamin,  m.  Emeline  Glover,  and  had 
Mary,  Frederick,  Juliette,  William,  Annie,  Margaret,  Sarah.  5. 
Daniel  Booth,  b.  1805,  m.  Olive  Hawley,  and  had:  Esther  A.,  b. 
1837,  m.  Rev.  J.  E.  Goodhue,  an  Episcopal  clergyman,  and  had  Mary 
Helen,  Willis  Elbridge  and  Marion  Louise;  Elmer  Booth,  b.  1843, 
m.  Cornelia  Belle  Estey,  of  Chicago;  Henry  S.,  b.  1849,  m.  Julia 
Curtiss  and  had  two  children.  6.  Isaac  Nichols,  b.  1807,  m.  Avis  J. 
Shepard,  and  had:  Edson,  who  married  Margaret  Nichols, and  had 
six  children ;  Homer  A.,  who  married  Grace  Nichols  and  had  two 
children  ;  Edgar  F.,  who  married  a  McMahon,  of  New  Milford,  and 
had  two  children;  Arthur,  b.  1851,  died  1869.  7.  Robert  Nichols, 
b.  1811,  m.  Harriet  Blackman  and  had:  Angeline,  who  married  a 
Beers  and  had  three  children;  Hattie  S.,  who  married  a  Hurd  and 
had  one  boy;  Robert,  who  married  Ida  H.  Stoddard  and  had  three 
boys  and  one  girl. 

Thompson,  born  1775,  died  1849,  married  Eunice  Coburn  and  had 
children :  Lyman,  Charles,  Maria,  Louisa,  Susan  and  Laura. 
Neither  of  the  daughters  married,  but  both  sons  married  and  had 
children.  Lyman  removed  to  Berkshire  County,  Mass.,  had  one  son 
and  several  daughters.  Charles  married  Jerusha  Lewis  and  removed 
to  Western  Illinois. 

Daniel,6  born  1776,  died  1862  (see  his  history). 

Joseph,  born  1779,  died  1853;  married  Clara  Blackman,  and  had 
children:  1.  Elmer,  who  married  Ann  Curtiss  and  had  children: 
Mary  Booth,  who  married  D.  M.  Bronson  and  had  Hattie,  Anna 
and  Minnie;  Sarah,  who  died  unmarried.  2.  Nichols,  who  married 
Antoinette  Pray  and  had  five  children,  all  of  whom  died  before  the 
age  of  20.  3.  Josiah,  who  married  Sarah  Morehouse;  left  no  chil- 
dren. 4.  Charlotte  Clarissa,  -who  died  single,  in  her  minority. 
5.    Daniel. 

Phebe,  born  1781,  died  1863,  unmarried. 

Huldah,  born  1783,  died  1840;  married  Cyrus  Sherman  and  had 
children:  1.  Jotham,  who  married  Mary  Ann  Bostwick,  and  had 
children:  Mary  Jane,  who  married  Franklin  Fairman,  of  Chicago, 
and  had  children,  Matilda  Louise,  Frank  Sherman  and  Marion; 
Cyrus  Lynson,    died    at    20 ;     Frances    Augusta,    died    an    infant. 

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2.  Cyrus    Beers,    who    married    Caroline    Beers,    had    no    children. 

3.  Marj',  who  married  Eben  Price,  of  Norwalk,  and    had    one   son. 
Dr.  Sherman  Price,  dentist,  of  New  York  Citj*. 

vii.    Naomi,  born,  1786,  died  187—,  unmarried, 
viii.  Nichols,  born  1788,  died  when  6  3rears  old. 
ix.     Sabra.  born  1790,  died  1846,  unmarried. 

6.     Daniel6  Booth  (Daniel,5  Lieutenant  Daniel  ±  Jonathan  %  Sergeant 
John,2  Richard1)  was  born  in  Newtown  Dec.  11,  1776;  married 
Sabra  Sherman  Jan.  10,  1805 ;  settled  on  his  farm  inherited  from 
his  father  in  Bridgewater,  where  he  lived   all  his  life.     Honest, 
industrious  and  frugal,  they  lived  a  happy,  christian  life  together 
on  the  homestead  by  the  side  of  the  Housatonic  river  for  fifty 
years,  until  Sabra's  death,  in  1855,  and  raised  a  family  of  five 
children,  two  sons  and  three  daughters.     Daniel  Booth  died  April 
16,  1862,  aged  86  years.     Sabra  Booth,  his  wife,  died  Dec.  20, 
1885,  aged  74  years.     A  monument  of  Ouincy  granite,  erected  by 
their  children,  Julia  A.   and  Walter  S.,  in  Bridgewater  Lower 
Cemetery  marks  their  place  of  burial.    They  died   universally 
respected  and  beloved.    Their  children  were: 
i.     Julia  Ann,  born  April  7,  1806;    married    CA-renins  Beecher,  of  Wake- 
man,  Ohio  ;   had  no  children, 
ii.    Daniel  Lewis,  born  April  1,  1810,  died    Oct.  31,  1877;  married,  first, 
Emelia   E.  Randall,    of  Bridgewater,    and    by   her   had:     1.    Daniel 
Theodore,  born  1836,  removed   to  Minnesota  1855,  married  Mary 
Nelson  1865,  became   an  Episcopal   clergyman   and    was   for  many 
years  rector   of  St.  Luke's,  Willmar,    Minn.;    had   children:     Grace 
Emelia,  Julia  Esther,  Mary  Seabury,  Laurence  Nelson,  Sarah  Irene. 
Daniel  Norman  and  Gertrude  Theodora  (twins),  William  Robert  and 
Margaret  Louise  (twins)  and  Mary  Esther  Nelson,  who    was  born 
and  her  mother  died  November,  1887.     2.    Nathau  Randall,  married 
Fidelia  Hamm,  and  had  one  daughter,  Lula  May.     3.  Justin   Sher- 
man,   who   was   killed   by  a  shell  in   the  battle   of  the  Wilderness. 
4-.    Susan  Emelia,  who  married  George  Fowler  and  had  Herbert,  Lil- 
lian, Edith  and  Edward  (twins),  Mary,  Frederick,  Grace  and  William. 
Daniel  L.  Booth's  wife,  Emelia,  died  1846 ;    and  in  1847  he  married 
Jane  Ann  Peck,  of  Newtown,  and  by  her  had  :     Emeline  Jane,  who 
married    Rev.  Joseph    Hillmer,    Ph.    D.,    professor    of   ancient    and 
modern  languages,  of  Winona,  Minn.,  and  had  Jennie,  Joseph,  Nonna 
and  Elsie;    Lewis  Abner,  married,  had  no  children;    Richard    Bots- 
ford  died  single;  Joseph.     Daniel  L.  Booth  removed  to  Minnesota  in 
1855  and  died  at  Faribault,  aged  67. 
iii.  Sarah  Irene,  born  1817,  died  in  Bridgewater,  Conn.,  1853. 
iv.  Mary   Charlotte,   born    Sept.  1,    1820,  died  1889;  married  George 
Smith  and  had  two  daughters :     Frances  Julia,  who  married  Fred- 
erick Turrill,  and  had  Grace  and  Henry;    Ada,  who  married  Carson 
Mead,  and  had  one  daughter,  May. 
v.    Walter  Sherman,"  born  September,  1827  (see  his  history). 

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Walter  Sherman?  Booth  (Daniel,6  Daniel,5  Lieutenant  Daniel,4' 
Jonathan,3  Sergeant  John,2  Richard1)  was  born  in  Bridgewater, 
Conn.,  September  28,  1827;  married,  1848,  Catherine  Eliza, 
daughter  of  Eber  S.  Peters,  of  Kent,  Conn.,  who  lived  to  the 
advanced  age  of  95  years.  The  following  is  compiled  from  the 
History  of  Olmsted  County,  Minn.,  published  at  Chicago,  and 
extended  to  date:  "  Walter  S.  Booth,  author  and  publisher,  was 
educated  at  Newtown  Academy  and  Trinity  College,  Hartford, 
Conn.  After  his  marriage  he  taiight  classical  schools  in  Con- 
necticut, fitting  young  men  for  college  until  1855,  when  he 
removed  to  Fillmore  County,  Minn.,  and  subsequently  studied 
law  with  Hon.  Thomas  H.  Armstrong,  and  was  admitted  to  the 
bar  at  Austin  in  March,  1861.  He  removed  to  Rochester  in 
October,  1862,  taking  charge  of  the  Rochester  City  Post,  then 
owned  by  Hon.  David  Blakely,  Secretary  of  State,  and  continued 
in  charge  till  the  close  of  the  Civil  War,  in  1865.  He  then,  with 
Maj.  J.  A.  Leonard,  just  returned  from  military  service  in  the 
South,  purchased  the  City  Post  of  Mr.  Blakely,  and  the  Repub- 
lican of  Shaver  &  Eaton,  publishers,  uniting  the  two  papers 
under  the  name  of  the  Rochester  Post,  which  it  still  continues. 
Mr.  Booth  was  also .  for  many  years  Court  Commissioner  and 
Cit}r  and  Ward  Justice  of  Rochester.  During  his  connection  with 
the  Post  he  wrote  the  Justice's  Manual  and  the  Township 
Manual  for  Minnesota,  which  have  since  passed  to  the  tenth 
editions  and  become  standards  for  the  use  of  officers  throughout 
the  state.  In  1876  Mr.  Booth  sold  his  interest  in  the  Rochester 
Post  to  Mr.  Leonard,  to  engage  exclusively  in  the  publication  of 
township  and  law  blanks,  books  and  manuals,  assisted  by  his 
son,  Walter  S.,Jr.  The  new  business  of  editing  and  publishing 
elementary  works  of  instruction  for  township  and  other  officers, 
and  supplementing  them  with  well-prepared  blanks  and  record 
books,  proved  a  great  success,  and  during  the  succeeding  eight 
years  Booth's  publications  became  standard  throughout  the 
state.  Needing  larger  facilities  for  publishing  and  a  more  cen- 
tral point  for  distributing  their  publications  Messrs.  Booth  & 
Son  removed  their  establishment  and  families  to  Minneapolis  in 
1884  and  extended  their  field  to  embrace  the  entire  Territory  of 
Dakota  also.  Their  extensive  establishment  was  entirely  burned 
up  in  the  disastrous  Tribune  Fire  of  1889,  but  they  recovered 
from  their  unfortunate  loss  in  a  few  years,  and  published  Justices 








and  Township  Manuals  for  each  of  the  new  states  of  North 
Dakota  and  South  Dakota,  as  well  as  other  publications  in  use 
in  Minnesota,  so  that  in  1892  the  house  of  Walter  S.  Booth  & 
Son  were  the  publishers  of  twelve  different  standard  law 
manuals  and  over  1,200  different  kinds  of  standard  law  and 
township  blanks.  His  children  were  as  follows  : 
Harriet   Gertrude,  born   in   Canaan,  Conn.,  Jan.  11,  1849,  died   in 

Milwaukee,  Wis.,  Sept.  3,  1879.     Married  Wilhelm  August  Abel,  son 

of  Pastor  Lenhard  Abel,  of  Kolding,  Denmark,  Jan.  11,  1871.     They 

had  two  daughters:     Catherine  Elizabeth,  born  in  Rochester,  Minn., 

Sept.  28, 1871,  died  in  Minneapolis  April  10, 1888  ;    Marie  Albertine, 

born  in  Milwaukee  Dec.  12,  1876. 
John  Peters,  born  in  Bridgewater,  Conn.,  Dec.  3,  1850. 
Walter   Sherman,  Jr. ,s  born   in   Bridgewater,  Conn.,  July  1,  1855; 

married   Nettie  Amelia    Nelson    Feb.    1,  1878.     They   had   children; 

Lillie  May,  born  in  Rochester,  Minn.,  Jan.  5,  1882;  William  Henry9, 

born  in  Minneapolis  July  9,  1886. 
Henry  Whipple,  born  at  Hamilton,  Fillmore  County,  Minn.,  Jan.  14, 

1861,  died  in  Rochester,  Minn.,  March  17,  1881. 
William    Hull,   born   in   Rochester,    Minn.,   Aug.    26,    1864,    died  in 

Rochester  Dec.  7,  1882. 








The  Booth  Pedigree  of  Sabra  Sherman,  wife  of  Daniel6  Booth  (see 
page  23 ),  descended  from  Richard1  Booth  of  Stratford,  is  as  follows  : 

1.  Richard1  Booth  (see  his  history,  pages  13,  14). 

2.  Ebenezer2  Booth  (Richard1)  (see  his  history,  page  15). 

3.  Ebenezer3  Booth  {Ebenezer,2  Richard1),  b.  Nov.  19,  1655,  m.  1709, 

Msry,  daughter  of  James  Clark,  and  removed  to  their  new  home 

in  Newtown,  and  had  children : 
(1).  Deborah,  b.  July  6,  1710.  (2).  Ann,-t  b.  Dec.  6,  1711,  m.  Ebenezer  San- 
ford.  (3).  Nathaniel,  b.  March  10,  1713.  (4).  Abner,  b.  July  16,  1714. 
(5).  Mary,  b.  Feb.  22,  1716,  m.  Peter  Mallett  of  Stratford.  (6).  Ebenezer,  b. 
April  1,  1718,  m.  Rachel  Sanford.  (7).  Abiah,  b.  Feb.  11,  1720,  m.  Joseph 

4.  Ann4  Booth  (Ebenezer,5  Ebenezer,2  Richard1),  b.  Dec.  6,  1711,  m. 

Ebenezer  Sanford,  June  10,  1731,  and  had  children  : 
(1).  Esther,  b.  Sept.  2,  1733,  m.  Stephen  Crofut  of  Redding.  (2).  James,  b. 
Oct.  8,  1736,  and  had  children:  Naomi,  Lucy,  Timothy,  Silas,  Polly,  Anna. 
(3).  Ebenezer,  b.  Nov.  17,  1738,  and  had  Armida,  Ebenezer,  Eliza.  (4),  Ann, 5 
b.  April  14,  1741,  m.  Henry  Glover.  (5).  Abiah,  b.  June  29,  1744,  m.  Jonas 
Sanford,  and  had  children:  Mabel,  m.  Benjamin  Glover;  Phebe,  m.  a  Black- 
man;  Abiah,  m.  a  Roberts;  Joel,  a  fine  scholar  and  mathmatician,  who  had 
David  C,  a  Judge  of  the  Superior  Court  of  Conn.,  and  Charles  G.,  a  merchant; 
Esther,  m.  Richard  Randall;  Andrew;  Clara,  m.  a  Porter;  Lucy  Ann,  m.  Nath- 
aniel Randall,  whose  daughter  Emilia  m.  Daniel  L.  Booth  (see  page  23). 
(6).    Eunice.     (7).    Ebenezer. 

5.  Ann5  Sanford   (Ann  Booth,11  Ebenezer,3  Ebenezer,2  Richard1),   b. 

April  14,  1741,  m.  Henry  Glover,  Nov.  14,  1762,  and  had: 
(1).  Sarah, 6  b.  Nov.  6,  1763.  (2).  Anne,  b.  Oct.  27,  1765,  m.  Richard  Ben- 
nett. (3).  Rhoda,  b.  Feb.  25,  1769,  m.  Joseph  Fairchild.  (4).  Simeon,  b.  May 
14,  1772.  (5).  Prudence,  b.  Nov.  3,1774,  m.  David  Peck.  (6).  Henry,  b.  April 
7,1779,  m.  Keziah  Johnson  and  had  two  boys  and  two  girls — the  youngest  was 
Emeline,  who  married  Benjamin  Hawley  (see  page  22).  (7).  Lucy,  b.  July  11, 
1782,  m.  Eli  Beardsley  and  had  one  son  Josiah  and  two  daughters. 

6.  Sarah6  Glover  (Ann  Sanford,5  Ann  Booth*  Ebenezer,3  Ebenezer 2 

Richard1),  b.  Nov.  6,  1763,  m.  Lewis  Sherman  and  had  children: 

(1).  Esther,  b.  Oct.  17,  1780,  m.  Eben  Tvrrell  and  had :  Sally,  m.  Andrew 
Shelton,  no  children  ;  Abby,  m.  Burton  Clark  and  had  Edward  and  Juliette, 
each  married  and  had  children;  Isaac,  m.  and  had  Elmer  and  Alfred. 

(2).     Sabra, 7  b.  Nov.  26,  1781,  m.  Daniels  Booth  (see  page  23). 

(3).  Anna,  b.  March,  1783,  m.  Isaac  Briscoe  and  had:  (1)  Amy,  m.  "Wm. 
Tomlinson  and  had  six  children  of  whom  Susan  m.  Philo  S.  Beers;  (2)  Lewis, 
who  had  several  children;  (3)  Charles,  who  had  four  children,  one  of  them, 
Charles  Henry,  became  a  judge  at  Hartford,  Conn.;  (4)  Harriet,  m.  Horace 
Dibble  and  had  three  children;  (5)  Polly,  m.  David  Glover  and  had  several 
children;  (6)  Sally,  m.  Curtis  Frost  and  had  two  daughters;  (7)  Caroline,  m. 
Warren  Fairchild. 

(4).  Justin,  b.  July  20,  1785,  m.  1st  Senea  Sherman  and  had  eight  child- 
ren, six  of  whom  reached  maturity,  viz  :  (1)  Lewis  J.;  (2)  Nathan  G.,m.  Elizabeth 
Otis  and  had  Joseph  Otis,  Emma  Medora,  Walter  Justin  and  Mary  Nancy  m. 
B.  A.  Hayes  and  had  children;   (3)  Cyrus  J.,  m.  and  had  children;   (4)  Charles 


S.,  m.  and  had  children;  (5)  Walter  R.  (physician),  m.  and  had  children ;  (6) 
Mary  E.,  b.  1821,  d.  1844  unmarried.  Justin  m.  2nd  Betsey  Redding  and  had 
(1)  Harriet  L.,  m.  G.  Waugh,  had  two  daughters;  (2)  George  B.,  m.  Sally 
Buckman  and  had  Georgia  F.,  m.  Mr.  Owen  and  had  two  children;  Alma  B.,  m. 
Mr.  Bates  and  had  two  children;  Hattie  E.;  and  Justin;  (3)  John  G.,  m.  Julia 
Beecher  and  had  Florence,  m.  George  Canfield  and  had  one  daughter.  Kem. 
2nd,  Elizabeth  Miller  and  had  John  M.,  Julia  E.  and  Mary  B. 

(5).  Philo,  b.  Jan.  16,  1787,  m.  Phebe  Masters  and  had  Sabra,  James  L., 
Isaac  G.,  Currence,  Justin  and  Sylvester,  all  married  and  had  children  and 
mostly  settled  in  Iowa. 

(6).  Marcia,  b.  Jan.  21,  1789,  m.  N.  S.  Beers  and  had  Sylvia,  in.  Lewis 
Frost  and  had  five  children ;  Philo  S..  m.  Susan  Tomlinson  and  had  two  daugh- 
ters.    Marcia  lived  to  the  advanced  age  of  nearly  102  years. 

(7).  Sylvester,  b.  April  27,  1791,  m.  Mercy  Peck  and  had  Lewis  G.,  tri. 
and  had  several  children;  Flora,  m.  N.  D.  Trowbridge  and  had  five  children; 
Geo.  M.,  m.  Jerusha  Glover,  no  children;  Emily  C,  m.  David  V.'ooster  and  had 
three  children.     He  lived  in  Bridgeport,  Conn. 

(8).  Ornan,  b.  Dec.  10,  1793,  m.  Clara  Lake  and  had  eleven  children  of 
whom  eight  reached  maturity,  viz:  Charles  L.,  Fanny,  Harriet,  Jane,  Sarah, 
Phebe,  Clara  and  Samuel  Justin.     He  lived  in  Danbury,  Conn. 

7.  Sabra7  Sherman,  wife  of  Daniel6  Booth  (see  his  history,  page 
23),  (Sarahs  Glover,  Ann5  Sanford,  Ann4'  Booth,  Ebenezer,3  Eben- 
ezer,2  Richard1)  was  a  woman  of  great  energy  and  force  of  character. 
Her  father  died  leaving  a  family  of  eight  small  children  while  she  was 
but  twelve  years  old.  Necessity  developed  her  character  and  her 
womanhood.  She  had  a  natural,  deep-seated  religious  tone,  and  her 
morals  were  old-fashioned  and  strict.  After  her  marriage  she  became  a 
model  wife  and  mother.  She  devotedly  loved  her  children  and  they 
strongly  loved  her.  She  jealously  watched  the  company  they  kept,  the 
morals  they  acquired,  and  the  principles  they  practiced  in  their  daily  life. 
She  had  perfect  control  of  her  own  temper,  and  perfectly  governed  her 
children.  She  governed  them  by  her  look,  and  not  by  scolding  or  blows. 
That  earnest,  loving-  look — never  to  be  forgotten— that  showed  how 
deeply  her  child's  disobedience  pained  her,  disarmed  him,  and  he  lovingly 
laid  his  head  in  her  lap  and  asked  her  forgiveness.  The  writer's  earliest 
recollection  is  of  his  mother,  late  at  night,  after  a  hard  day's  work,  while 
all  the  rest  of  the  family  had  retired,  withdrawing  to  a  corner  of  her 
bedroom  and  first  silently  reading  by  candle  light  the  sacred  pages  of  her 
time-worn,  beloved  Bible  and  then  kneeling  down  in  silent  prayer,  doubt- 
less praying  for  the  guidance,  safe-keeping  and  welfare  of  her  children. 
Sixty  years  have  passed  since  that  sight,  and  the  lines  of  Cowper  now 

well  express  the  feelings  of  the  writer : 

"  My  boast  is  not  that  I  deduce  my  birth 
From  loins  enthroned  and  rulers  of  the  earth, 

But  higher  far  my  proud  pretentions  rise — 
The  son  of  parents  passed  into  the  skies." 

W.  S.  B. 



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